Set in 92 acres of countryside just outside Douglas, the Home of Rest for Old Horses is a tranquil sanctuary for elderly horses, including retired trammers from the Douglas Horse Trams, as well as ponies and donkeys. Founded in 1950, it is volunteer-run and supported entirely by generous contributions made to the home. There are over 60 horses and donkeys, all of whom are not shy and they will come right up to the fence so you can easily stroke them and feed them. They may seem big in size with even bigger personalities, but the horses are very placid and gentle so it is suitable for children and adults alike. The home is set in a large section of fields with picturesque views so you can have a rest on one of the many benches and take in the excellent views of the surrounding countryside and Douglas below while you visit. You will also find a wide selection of drinks or delicious food from the cafe and enjoy the history of the home in the special Museum building, as well as perusing the unique gift shop for the perfect souvenir. Entry is free but donations are gratefully accepted and for £10, you can also adopt any horse or donkey and receive regular updates on them throughout the year!
Here at the home of Rest for Old Horses, they do a fantastic job at providing refuge for a number of horses who would ordinarily just get put down. There are horses here for a whole multitude of reasons, either because they are not wanted any more, weren't being treated as they should be, or just because they may come to the end of their own working life, like those from the Horse Drawn `Trams down on the Douglas seafront. As well as ponies and donkeys this sanctuary is the last chance saloon for these wonderful creatures. The facilities are clean and tidy and they have a lovely little cafe and this attraction relies solely on donations and contributions for all of its visitors, so be sure to give them a little something no matter how small, it all counts! Please also remember, this sanctuary isn't open on a Saturday.